Ashington’s progress in this seasons FA Vase will face a severe test after the Colliers were handed an away draw against holders North Shields in the second round proper.
Woodhorn Lane boss Steve Harmison’s immediate reaction was to say that it was the tie which neither side wanted – but that it should be a would be played in front of a hostile and bumper crowd.
Harmison said: “This tie will be on November 21 – and with our Northumberland Senior Cup match against Shields then the league fixture to follow, it means we will play them three times in the space of ten days.
“I have got good friends at Shields including the management team of Graham Fenton, Andy Bowman and Brian Smith whilst goalkeeper Sean McCafferty is like part of our family.”
He continued: “We wanted a home tie against a side from a different league and I reckon the Robins will be as disappointed as we are.
“However, it will be a good game to watch in front of a massive crowd and fantastic atmosphere and my squad should be looking forward to playing the reigning holders.
“It will be good to see where we are when it comes to playing in the competition and it will be invaluable that in my squad I have lads who have either played in the final or have a winners medal.
“This will be North Shields’ first game defending the trophy and the pressure will be on them – and if we have any aspirations of winning the Vase outright, it looks as if we are going to have to play the best teams and win it the hard way.”